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1 Project staff / PhD position (m/f/d)
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Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung Germany Frankfurt am Main 2019-07-25

Job offer ref. #02-19002
The Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung (SGN) is a member of the Leibniz Association and is based in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. SGN conducts natural history research with almost 800 employees and research institutions in six federal states, and is also custodian of the UNESCO World Heritage Site at Messel.
The Institute Senckenberg am Meer, Wilhelmshaven, invites applications in the BIVA-WATT Project of the joint research initiative together with three academic and consultant partners for a

Project staff / PhD position (m/f/d)

Population dynamics of oyster reefs(65 %)

The invasive Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas) has populated most of the former in theGerman Wadden Sea existing mussel beds. In its function as an ecosystem engineeringspecies it forms reefs which are extremely resistant to mechanical stress. The focus of theproject are experimental investigations on the Pacific oyster and the mussel under waveload. Methodologically, the research questions are addressed using field studies todetermine relevant distribution patterns and geometric parameters, laboratory investigationson wave effects as well as conceptual work on the future numerical modelling of relevantprocesses. Considerations are made on the parameterisation of rough reefs and musselbeds for the experimental investigations. The candidate will generate ecological parameters,such as length frequency distributions, abundances, coverage rates. In cooperation with theproject partners the candidate will determine and digitalise selected oyster reefs and musselbeds by 3D scanners. Based on this data and a parameterised characterisation, appropriateproduction methods for the models are investigated in terms of their suitability.

The anticipated outcomes are roughness and wave dissipation parameters for coastalengineers and authorities for numerical modelling including the growth state variation andspatial distribution of oyster reefs, which are necessary to answer hydro- andmorphodynamic issues.

Your profile:

  • M.Sc. in biosciences, geosciences, applied geodesy or a related field

  • good skills in standard laboratory methods, 3D-laser scanning and multivariate


  • team work capabilities in a multidisciplinary team

  • very good written and oral communication skills in German and/or English

  • willingness to participate on field surveys is essential

  • Salary and benefits are according to a public service position in Germany (TV-H E13, 65 %).The contract shall start as soon as possible and will be limited to August 30th, 2022. TheSenckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung supports equal opportunity of men and womenand therefore strongly invites women to apply. Equally qualified handicapped applicants willbe given preference. The place of employment will be Wilhelmshaven, Germany. Theemployer is the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung.

How to apply: 

Please send your application, mentioning the reference of this job offer (ref. #02-19002)before August 4th, 2019 by e-mail (attachment in a single pdf document) and including aletter outlining your suitability for the post, a detailed CV, your complete certificates,credentials and characters and contact details of 2 references:

Senckenberg Gesellschaft für NaturforschungSenckenberganlage 25
60325 Frankfurt am Main


For scientific enquiries please get in contact with Dr. Achim Wehrmann


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